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3 ways companies can promote SOGIE equality in the workplace

Nov 08, 2018 - 8:56 PM

‘Other issues might take precedence over this, but that doesn’t mean we can’t push for it…. All rights are important,’ Cogencia chief executive officer Paulo Edrosolano says

Where do 2019 senatorial bets stand on key national issues?

Oct 27, 2018 - 11:15 AM

When the senatorial campaigns kick off, check the candidates' claims against this list of issues that have so far made headlines in 2018

ISSUES. Rappler looks into the stands of senatorial bets on various political and national issues. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 5, 2018

Jun 05, 2018 - 1:02 PM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Tuesday.

Project Q, the Californian genderqueer salon 'saving life'

May 26, 2018 - 11:57 AM

Project Q is a mobile salon offering free haircuts to homeless 'genderqueer' people across Los Angeles, as well as crucial support or advice on combating bullying and developing self-esteem

Transgender teen wins battle in U.S. 'toilet wars'

May 23, 2018 - 11:58 PM

Gavin Grimm, who identifies as a man but was born as a woman, is at the heart of a pitched battle for transgender rights in the US

TRANSGENDER BATHROOM. File photo shows a gender neutral sign posted outside a bathrooms at Oval Park Grill in Durham, North Carolina. Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images/AFP

Hong Kong's behind-closed-doors gay weddings

May 17, 2018 - 6:07 PM

Same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in Hong Kong and often those who have a ceremony say they prefer to do it privately, away from the public gaze

Janelle Monae comes out as queer

Apr 27, 2018 - 10:24 AM

The singer and actress describes herself as pansexual, as a 'queer black woman,' and as a 'free-ass motherfucker'

Pakistan's first transgender news anchor makes headlines

Mar 29, 2018 - 12:01 AM

Marvia Malik, a former model who appeared on the private broadcaster Kohenoor for the first time says 'my family never accepted or owned me' and the rift drove her to seek a better future in Lahore, Pakistan's cultural capital

FIRST IN PAKISTAN. In this photograph taken on March 27, 2018, Pakistan's first transgender news anchor Marvia Malik, 21, prepares before reading the news on air for private channel Kohenoor in Lahore. Photo by Arif Ali/AFP

'Spot a gay' list in Malaysian newspaper sparks outrage

Feb 13, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The list, published Friday, is swiftly met with derision online, while campaigners warn it could further stoke animosity against LGBTQ groups, who have been increasingly targeted with violence and discrimination in recent years

LGBTQ RIGHTS. Arwind Kumar responds to the publishing of a list that supposedly helps Malaysians spot gay people. Screen grab from Arwind Kumar's Facebook page

Midnight vows after historic Australia gay marriage reforms

Jan 09, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Two Australian athletes tied the knot just after midnight Tuesday in one of the first gay unions in the country following historic marriage equality laws

GAY WEDDING. Australian Commonwealth Games sprinter Craig Burns (left) and fiance Luke Sullivan pose ahead of their marriage ceremony at Summergrove Estate, New South Wales on January 8, 2018. Photo by Patrick Hamilton/ AFP

How can we help end the negative impact of HIV?

Nov 30, 2017 - 9:11 AM

In the Philippines, the question is highlighted after media groups and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) struggled to handle a case involving a person living with HIV (PLHIV)

‘Stop HIV shaming’: When status is not the story

Nov 29, 2017 - 7:51 PM

Here are guidelines for government authorities and media groups in handling cases and stories involving persons living with HIV

Pia Wurtzbach speaks out against revealing drug suspect's HIV status

Nov 29, 2017 - 12:36 PM

Like many social media users, Miss Universe 2015 calls out the PDEA and a media outlet for revealing the HIV status of a drug suspect

Netizens call out media outlet for baring suspects' mugshots, HIV status

Nov 28, 2017 - 1:12 PM

Netizens argue that such actions reinforce the stigma attached to the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV

Rio's gay pride marches on despite opposition by conservatives

Nov 20, 2017 - 8:39 PM

While Brazil is famous for its sun, sand, and skin-baring Carnival extravaganza, the country has a conservative streak, being still mostly Roman Catholic

KEEP THE PRIDE. A man poses for the picture during the Gay Pride Parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on November 19, 2017. Photo by Leo Correa/AFP

Gay Chinese tourists flock to Thailand for fun, acceptance

Nov 10, 2017 - 11:46 PM

With an estimated LGBTQ population of 70 million, China has the world's third-largest 'pink market' after Europe and the United States. Yet in China being openly gay is still fraught with difficulties.

GAY BAR. This photograph taken on October 8, 2017 shows Thai dancers entertaining tourists at a gay bar in Thailand's southern tourist destination of Phuket. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Germany celebrates first gay marriages

Oct 01, 2017 - 6:51 PM

(UPDATED) Germany is the 15th European nation to legalize gay marriage, but advocates say the battle for equal rights continues

EQUALITY. Germany is the 15th European country to legalize same sex marriage.

The week in photos: July 15-21, 2017

Jul 22, 2017 - 1:25 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A captain of the Red Ants, a municipal team tasked with evictions, cracks his whip to speed up the eviction inside Fattis Mansion in downtown Johannesburg on July 19, 2017.  Residents of the allegedly illegally occupied building were forcibly removed by dozens of red clad security men and their belongings laid on the pavement outside the building. Several buildings in the central district of Johannesburg are illegally occupied by a large number of residents, often migrants, who live in substandard conditions. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI

U.S. Pinoys join celebration as San Mateo County Pride Center opens

Jun 12, 2017 - 8:17 PM

The Pride Center is a space where the diversity of our community can share stories build relationships learn grow create and heal together Program Director Lisa Putkey says

Program Director Lisa Putkey invites the community to come together. Photo from Cherie Querol Moreno

LGBTQ activists: We are tolerated but not accepted in the Philippines

May 17, 2017 - 4:55 PM

The LGBTQ community says there is a lack of protections for them in schools and workplaces and stereotypes against them persist

PRIDE. The Philippines holds an annual Pride March, calling on the government to protect LGBT rights. File photo from Buena Bernal/Rappler

[Two Pronged] Am I gay?

May 02, 2017 - 1:13 PM

A Two Pronged reader asks if a past experience has affected his sexual orientation

SAKSIKAN: Katy Perry menyebut dirinya sebagai bukti perubahan pada hak kaum gay

Mar 21, 2017 - 6:07 PM

Katy Perry bicara dalam gala tahunan Kampanye Hak Asasi Manusia tentang toleransi dan dukungan terhadap hak kaum gay

Katy yang lahir dan besar sebagai Kristen konservatif, optimis tentang kemampuan masyarakat untuk bertoleransi. Foto dari screen capture akun YouTube Human Rights Campaign.

Film 'Power Rangers' memperkenalkan karakter gay pertamanya

Mar 21, 2017 - 9:43 AM

Yellow Ranger Trini dikisahkan sebagai sosok gay

Foto dari Lionsgate Movie.

Indonesia stages its own Women's March in call for equality

Mar 05, 2017 - 5:31 PM

Participants dressed in purple and pink carried posters proudly declaring themselves feminists decrying sexual abuse and violence against women and calling for an end to gender discrimination

HEAR US ROAR. Protesters carried signs calling for gender equality. Photo by Diego Batara Mahameru/Rappler

Miley Cyrus opens up about pansexuality, coming out

Oct 12, 2016 - 2:35 PM

I always hated the word bisexual because that s even putting me in a box Miley tells Variety I don’t ever think about someone being a boy or someone being a girl

MILEY CYRUS. The pop star opens up to 'Variety' about her pansexuality, coming out to her family, her new TV series, and Hillary Clinton. File photo shows Miley at the world premiere of 'Crisis in Six Scenes' at the Crosby Street Hotel on September 15 in New York City. Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Amazon/AFP

LIVE BLOG: Sidang uji materi KUHP di Mahkamah Konstitusi

Oct 04, 2016 - 9:37 AM

Salah satu agendanya adalah mempidanakan para pelaku hubungan seks di luar nikah baik berlainan maupun sesama jenis

GUGAT. Aliansi Cinta Keluarga Indonesia atau AILA menggugat agar para pelaku hubungan seks di luar nikah, baik berlainan maupun sesama jenis, dipidanakan. Foto oleh Ace Marc Tutor

Proponents hope to pass anti-discrimination bill in 17th Congress

Jun 30, 2016 - 11:27 AM

The bill that seeks to end discrimination in the Philippines faces strong opposition in the Lower House

PRIDE. LGBT groups and individuals gather at the Luneta to celebrate the 22nd Pride March in the Philippines on June 25, 2016

10 things Christians can do to apologize to the LGBT community

Jun 28, 2016 - 3:05 PM

A real apology means admitting your mistakes treating us as equals and fighting for our rights the way you would fight for your own

Benarkah Islam mengajarkan penolakan pada LGBTQ?

Jun 22, 2016 - 10:02 AM

Mun im Sirry merombak pandangan kaum Islam konservatif tentang kaum homoseksual Benarkah ada ayat yang melarangnya?

AGAMA DAN SEKSUALITAS. Benarkah agama dan kaum homoseksual tak dapat berjalan seiring?

After National Gay Congress, politics as usual

Feb 04, 2016 - 2:16 PM

The LGBTQI community isn t a single issue population An educated citizen wouldn t vote for a candidate simply because of their stance on same sex marriage

PAWNS? Have LGBT issues become tools for the candidates to win elections? Image courtesy of Alyssa Arizabal

In response to the 16-year-old girl who is against marriage equality

Aug 30, 2015 - 10:30 AM

I am left wondering if the people who discriminate LGBTQs have met their victims?

Coming out as LGBTQ supporter in Indonesia

Aug 10, 2015 - 10:37 AM

Listen to the little voice who feels guilty for keeping silent and know that the voice is what keeps you a step away from total betrayal

'Stand up for equality' - UP Los Baños valedictorian

Jul 06, 2015 - 1:23 AM

UP taught me genuine respect and love and genuine respect for all forms of love

Manila Pride: Fighting for love, equality and LGBTQ rights

Jun 29, 2015 - 6:32 PM

Metro Manila residents supportive of LGBTQ rights took to the streets to call for respect of human rights and the legalization of same sex marriages in the country

#LoveWins on Social Media

Jun 27, 2015 - 2:17 PM

Rainbows invade social media

Notes on a homecoming

Apr 16, 2015 - 4:30 PM

Singer songwriter Cynthia Alexander reflects on going home – and coming out

COMING HOME. Cynthia Alexander comes home and comes out

A pamanhikan for two men

Sep 25, 2014 - 7:00 AM

A short film about two gay men and the challenges they face in their desire to wed has gained the nod of the Vail Film Festival Shakira explores the ins and outs of the movie s themes as it resonates with real life

Victories for transgender equality and the long road ahead

Jul 09, 2014 - 6:30 PM

President Barack Obama has done more in less time to advance the rights of the LBGT community than any administration in history

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#PugadBaboy: Halos lahat

May 07, 2014 - 5:00 AM

Queerspotting: A fun, safe space for gay women

Apr 14, 2014 - 4:39 PM

This unique social event provided a safe space for queer women

#WHIPIT conversation: Embracing your identity

Mar 03, 2014 - 9:00 AM

Join the conversation as we talk about the struggles and triumphs of the LGBTQ community

Is 'fag' fit to print?

Feb 27, 2014 - 8:03 AM

Any publication set to survive must not live in fear of editing obsolete writing that is steeped in hate and bigotry

The gay silence

Jan 30, 2014 - 7:00 AM

The next time you re in a situation where there is a gay man or a lesbian around you figure out if you have a genuine interest in them

Strength in colors: The Filipino LGBTQ community

Dec 07, 2013 - 11:40 PM

The Filipino LGBTQ community has grown since the first organized gay pride parade in 1994 but challenges remain